ICYMI: State school bond lagging in polls, threatening local projects

State school bond lagging in polls, threatening local projects
By Harold Pierce, Bakersfield.com

A $9 billion state construction bond that local school leaders are banking on passing this November is trailing in preliminary polls, which could leave some local districts struggling to complete projects they’ve already promised to voters.

Some school district leaders, including those in Wasco and at the Kern High School District, have told The Californian that if the state bond measure doesn’t pass, it would spell trouble for their districts.

Wasco Elementary School District Superintendent Kellie Richers said in June that if the state bond measure failed, he wouldn’t be issuing any of the $19.1 million in bonds district voters approved in the primary election. His district wouldn’t be able to afford construction of a $21 million school, he said.

At KHSD, Deputy Superintendent of Business Scott Cole was more blunt when asked in July what would happen if the state bond didn’t pass.

“For us if that doesn’t happen, then we’re done,” Cole said. The district has a local $280 million bond measure, but has proposed a $390 million project list that would rely on state matching funds that would only be secured by Proposition 51’s passage…”

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